digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Judas hung in effigy, Mexico City, early 20th century

The burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual in many Orthodox and Catholic Christian communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is burned. Other related mistreatment of Judas effigies include hanging, flogging, and exploding with fireworks.[1][2] Anthropologists generalize these types of activities as "scapegoating rituals". A similar ritual would be the hanging in effigy of Haman and his ten sons during Purim.

Though not an official part of the Easter liturgical cycle, the custom is typically a part of the reenactment of the story of the Passion that is practiced by the faithful during Easter. Customs vary, but the effigy of Judas is typically hanged (reenacting Matthew 27:5) on Good Friday, then burned on the night of Easter Sunday.

In many parts of Latin America this practice occurs on the eve of the new year as a symbol of ridding one's self of evil and beginning a new year in spiritual purity. Some communities observe this ritual using various effigies, including the biblical Judas (who betrayed Jesus). This custom, during which the effigy is burned on a stake, is invariably called "Quema del Año Viejo"[3] meaning literally "the burning of the old year."


Burning of Judas in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, 1909
Creating a Judas figure in form of a devil at a workshop at the Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City.

The burning of Judas was once widely practiced across Europe, and is still practiced in parts of Greece,[4] Mexico,[5] Brazil,[6] Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cyprus where it is called 'lambratzia',[7] the Philippines, and elsewhere.

Judas burnings also took place in the district of Dingle, in Liverpool, England, in the early 20th Century,[8] until it was banned by the authorities. The burning of Judas is not traditional to England, although a very similar custom of burning Catholic rebel Guy Fawkes in effigy exists.

Allegations of antisemitism[edit]

Video of a Judas figure being burned (really exploded) in Mexico City in 2015

The practice was once cited in the United States State Department's Religious Freedom Report for Greece.[9] The report incorrectly referred to the custom as the "burning of the Jew", whereas in Greece the term always used is "burning of Judas". In response, Archbishop Christodoulos, then head of the Greek Orthodox Church, denied such allegations, stating that this practice refers to the image of "Judas the traitor" and not Jews in general.[10]

In Latin America, despite the controversial nature of anti-Semitism associated with the "burning of the Jew" (one of the custom's many monikers), although the practice does exist in the above stated form it is not regarded as an act of hostility towards the Jewish nation or ethnicity but is simply representative of "evil", thus not differing in any way from the other effigies listed.[11]


  1. ^ Hanging Judas in Mexico
  2. ^ F.F.T. (1902-02-09). "Lenten Days In Mexico. - Curious Customs To Be Seen This Week In The Land Of Montezuma. - Article - Nytimes.Com". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ es:Año viejo
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://zedilloworld.presidencia.gob.mx/PAGES/culture/note_semanasanta.html
  6. ^ Novo Milênio: Histórias e Lendas de Santos: Malhação do Judas. Quem lembra?
  7. ^ [2] Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ BBC - Liverpool - Local History - Judas Burning
  9. ^ In April 2006, the Central Board of the Jewish Communities of Greece continued to protest the Easter tradition of the burning of a life-size effigy of Judas, sometimes referred to as the "burning of the Jew," which they maintained propagated hatred and fanaticism against Jews. One Greek Orthodox bishop, a local NGO, and the Wiesenthal Center wrote formal objections to this tradition.
  10. ^ ekathimerini.com | Greece is not racist, says irked archbishop
  11. ^ [3][dead link]

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_Judas — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
142784 videos foundNext > 

Mexico: Trump effigy blown up in Monterrey’s ‘Burning of Judas’ festival

An effigy of a candidate for the USA Republican Party nomination Donald Trump was one of the effigies burnt in Monterrey's "Burning of Judas" ceremony, on ...

Burning of JUDAS

Burning Of Judas In San Pedro, San Jose, Antique. an Annual Religious Celebration every Black Saturday.

Judas Priest - Freewheel Burning

Music video by Judas Priest performing Freewheel Burning. (c) 2003 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited.

Burning of Judas in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico.mp4

On Easter eve in San Cristobal the traditional burning of Judas has turned into an art contest with social and political meanings. The people burn effigies ...

Lambratzia - Full Movie - ( Burning of Judas Tradition )

Wiki Info on this Tradition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_Judas No tree was harmed for this video.

Judas Priest - Freewheel Burning (1984)

Defenders of the Faith is the ninth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. Three tracks were released as singles, "Freewheel Burning", "Some ...

Judas Priest - Burn In Hell [HD]

Judas Priest - Burn In Hell (Official Music Video) HD Widescreen.

Judas Priest Freewheel Burning Live 1986

Judas Priest - Freewheel Burning Live (2009)

Video de Judas Priest - Freewheel Burning 2009 Live, banda Inglesa de Heavy Metal formada el año 1969 en Birmingham, del Album "Defenders of the Faith" ...

Judas Priest- Freewheel Burning with lyrics

Note: Please disregard the Patriots logos. I didn't notice them when I made the video, so please quit complaining and enjoy. First track off of Judas Priest's 1984 ...

142784 videos foundNext > 

3747 news items


Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:32:06 -0700

Mexicans burn Donald Trump effigy in Easter ritual. Mar 27th 2016, 1:45 PM 20,753 Views 47 Comments. The figure went up in flames as part a tradition called the “Burning of Judas”. Share11 Tweet ...

New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:30:00 -0700

An effigy of Donald J. Trump outside an artist's workshop in Mexico City's poor La Merced neighborhood on March 26 before it was set on fire during an Easter ritual commemorating the burning of Judas. Credit Henry Romero/Reuters. People in Latin ...
Financial News (subscription)
Sun, 03 Apr 2016 15:52:30 -0700

Amid the cramped, noisy passageways of the Sonora market in a rundown corner of Mexico City hidden away from the tourist crowds is a stall that sells papier mâché sculptures for the annual Burning of Judas ritual – an Easter tradition in which Judas ...


Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:10:56 -0700

MEXICO CITY — This country's artisans usually set fire to effigies of unpopular Mexican politicians in their “burning of Judas” ritual every Easter weekend. This year, the politician they love to hate the most is an American: Donald Trump. The ...

In-Cyprus (press release) (subscription) (blog)

In-Cyprus (press release) (subscription) (blog)
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:37:30 -0700

The lambradjia is the symbolic burning of Judas on the night of Easter Saturday. Waste wood and other items are gathered and piled up by youngsters, usually in an empty plot of land nearby Churches and are set alight few hours before midnight. The ...
The Spur
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:52:34 -0700

Every Easter, artisans in Mexico burn effigies of unpopular Mexican politicians in the annual “Burning of Judas” ritual, but this year they decided to change things up and set fire to Republican front runner Donald Trump. According to the USA Today, Mr ...


Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:59:49 -0700

Hundreds of residents of the small suburb nestled on the western edge of Mexico City came together at the town's church to witness the burning of Judas effigies. The crowd burst into cheers as the first reed-and-paper devil-like figure started swirling ...


Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:02:03 -0700

But the place where children first encountered the rattle was the church itself, during those three days before Easter when the bells fell silent, as part of a ceremony called the Burning of Judas. This is the moment when our story takes an unsettling ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight